Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Filled with full-color paintings, drawings, and photos that demonstrate techniques and illustrate the correct use of materials, this is an art school in a book! A team of experienced professionals furnishes the budding painter with all the tools to finish a project, including invaluable instruction in color theory and composition. The course begins with the basics of drawing and painting - the strokes, shading and gradation, training the eye, calculating distance, measuring proportions, using perspective, getting the perfect blend of light and shade. Each medium, from pencil and charcoal to watercolor and wax crayon, is taught, step by step. Detailed exercises cover still lifes, nudes, landscapes, self-portraits, and even impressionist techniques. With these skills mastered, students can enjoy more advanced instruction on markers, acrylics, gouache, sanguine, plus mixed media, collages, and more complicated brushwork. Whether used all by itself, or as a supplement to formal art classes, this is the course you need to master the art of painting and drawing.